Skip to main content

“Is Big Brother watching your ORCA card?”

The Seattle Times reports on privacy concerns related to the ORCA card.

“The ORCA network offers the convenience of using a single card to pay for rides on buses, trains, boats, streetcars and vans … But what thousands of commuters might not realize is that their movements also could be checked by their bosses.”

UW CSE has for several years raised concerns about this technology, at the University of Washington and statewide, in the context of the RFID Ecosystem Project, a large-scale research investigation of how to preserve privacy in an RFID-equipped universe.

UW CSE graduate student Karl Koscher, a member of the RFID Ecosystem Project, is quoted in the Seattle Times article.  Read it here.

December 19, 2009